Haringey Borough Council has warned people against salesmen falsely claiming to be from the authority who are offering energy efficiency assessments.

The warning comes after residents in Seven Sisters reported fake Green Deal advisors coming door-to-door touting for business in the area.

In some cases, callers claimed to be working on behalf of the council and tried to enter people’s homes to carry out assessments.

They then pressured people to commit to having energy efficiency works carried out.

Green deal advisors conducting assessments organised by the council will only attend pre-booked appointments and will never enter someone’s home without prior arrangement.

Under the government-funded Green Deal scheme, only registered assessors, providers and installers are authorised to offer energy efficiency advice or carry out home improvement works financed by Green Deal.

An authorised advisor should carry proper identification and should never try to enter your home without being invited.

Assessments should also only ever be offered on a no-obligation basis – with no pressure to pay for follow-up work.

Anyone with concerns can find out more at www.haringey4020.org.uk or contact the council’s housing retrofit officer Minka McInerney on 020 8489 3260.